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So I have a 2005 big hit, its mostly stock but I was thinking of upgrading the fork and shock to the new fox 40 and DHX rc4... I love the bike to death and love dh and freeriding on it but the question is should I go to something newer instead of putting money into the trusty old steed? I really like the Demo 8 and the kona supreme operator, but I think my big hit with better suspension and a few other new updated parts will be just as good... what do you all think?
 

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A 7-year old Big Hit will not stack up to any of the newer DH sleds in my opinion. However if you're looking to upgrade but don't want to pay for a full DH bike look at some of the mini-DH and freeride offerings from some companies. Specialized has a new freeride bike, and the Scott Voltage is a super fun, adjustable bike that can be had for pretty cheap. There are other sweet rides as well, but it's a Friday afternoon and my brain is no longer functioning.
 

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I am really thinking about going new, I demoed a 11 demo 8 and a 11 kona supreme operator and there great bikes, but I love my big hit lol... Im just thinking the only thing holding the bike back is the suspension. the only riding I like to do is down hill, im an hour and half from winter park and the big hit is great there for what I ride.. I guess im the type that is like why get the new stuff when you can fix up the older stuff and make it work for you... Plus I got the big hit for 200 bucks from a friend so I figure I drop another grand into it on suspension and it should be a good bike for what I use it for.. But thanks for all the replies, I will let you all know what I do..
 

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well after talking to the minister of finance aka the 8 1/2 month prego Fiancee a new bike is totally out of the question lol.... so it looks like new front and rear suspension.... now I just gotta figure out what fits and what I like...
 

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well after talking to the minister of finance aka the 8 1/2 month prego Fiancee a new bike is totally out of the question lol.... so it looks like new front and rear suspension.... now I just gotta figure out what fits and what I like...
Why don't you sell your bike and buy a newer used bike? There are lots of non-clapped out newer DH bikes out there for sale.
 

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Well thats what the plan was but like i said the prego fiancee is shooting that down lol!! The other thing is the bike I have now isnt clapped out, I got it from a good friend who took really good care of his stuff I just think the older suspension is holding the bike back...

Id love to hear from someone that has the 04,05 big hit still and got rid of the crappy fork and shock and see what they think of it..

Also what about buying a bike that was a rental/demo? I can get a 2011 demo 8 or kona supreme operator for right around 3600 buck? you think there worth it to buy one of those?
 

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Well thats what the plan was but like i said the prego fiancee is shooting that down lol!! The other thing is the bike I have now isnt clapped out, I got it from a good friend who took really good care of his stuff I just think the older suspension is holding the bike back...

Id love to hear from someone that has the 04,05 big hit still and got rid of the crappy fork and shock and see what they think of it..

Also what about buying a bike that was a rental/demo? I can get a 2011 demo 8 or kona supreme operator for right around 3600 buck? you think there worth it to buy one of those?
Sorry, I didn't mean for that to sound like I was saying your bike was clapled out, I just meant that there are some used bikes out there that have been beaten on pretty hard. As far as buying a demo bike, I'd definitely want to take a look at it first. Some of the demo bikes I have seen have been in seriously rough shape. I have also seen a few that were in pretty decent shape though. I'd also check to see if the frame will have a warranty. I know some companies won't warranty a demo frame.
 

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Sorry, I didn't mean for that to sound like I was saying your bike was clapled out, I just meant that there are some used bikes out there that have been beaten on pretty hard. As far as buying a demo bike, I'd definitely want to take a look at it first. Some of the demo bikes I have seen have been in seriously rough shape. I have also seen a few that were in pretty decent shape though. I'd also check to see if the frame will have a warranty. I know some companies won't warranty a demo frame.
Its all good man, no hard feelings at all. Coming from a moto backround i understand clapped out bikes.. I would love to have a brand new bike or a newer used one, but with a baby due around nov 20th the wifey isnt having it.. Plus my downhill season here in colorado is over for the most part so buying stuff for the bike sends her into a RAGE LOL!!!

I will have to find out about the demos waranty, Also I have found a bunch of deals on bikes on the classifieds...

I think for now im gonna throw a set of fox 40 forks on it, and send the stock vanilla rear shock to push industries since there an hour from me and have them work their magic... After the next deployment Im just gonna buy a new bike then so this one will have to last me one more season..
 

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there's no harm in updating the old steed if you really like it, then swapping the updated components over to a new frame when the finances permit
That is my philosophy ... the 40 fork will work great on a new frame if you get one in a year or two, and Push is cheaper than a new shock, but probably more beneficial. A new shock likely wouldn't be transferable anyways. So I think you made good choices.

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